November 28th, 2005

elijah

argh...question for the collective brain.

My Windows Media player has suddenly started playing everything very slooooowly. I went to look at play speed settings (under enhancements), but it's set at normal, and when I speed up, the sound quality just decreases. Does anyone know what this might be caused by & how to fix it?
elijah

four sga recs: minutes, holding, toasters, retrograde

Four and a Half Minutes by the_moonmoth (Rodney/Teyla) My het!OTP in Stargate: Atlantis. I just can't help it. I mean, I don't really see canon for the pairing. In fact, I was recently rewatching some of the early S1 eps when Teyla was introduced and I swear she gives Rodney some outright dirty looks at times, when he comes out with something she thinks is offensive or asinine.

(In fact, almost every character gives Rodney a dirty look or three at some point. If I knew him as a real person I'd probably give him dirty looks too. But because he's not real and he's such a snappish teddy bear, I just think: woobie! So sad.)

But anyway. It doesn't matter. This story makes me see it. It's adorable, endearing, and sweet. And I kick it at your head like a hacky-sack ball so that you can't avoid it. *BIFF*

Care in the Holding by laceymcbain (John/Rodney) I've been meaning to rec this for a few weeks now. This just hit me right in the chest when I read it. When stories are good, they usually have a few basic qualities in common--the dialogue rings true, the characterization is recognizable, the writing is strong. So if I highlight one or two qualities in reccing, it doesn't mean others aren't also there; the same goes for any other stories I might mention, now or ever. I don't even know why I feel the need to say this; it's just a thought I had. Carry on.

Three things stood out for me reading this:

1. This is the Rodney I want Rodney to be. His determination to learn to shoot, his resolve during the bet with Bates, his reaction to Gaul's and Abrams's deaths--this is a deeper shadow side to him that I want to believe is there in canon, unshown to us; another part of his life, with night scenes that pick up when the daylight scenes end.

2. The atmosphere. I felt *there* so intensely, in the armory, and the visuals of the story feel shot in dim light, with shadows. The shadow theme, continued from above. It maintains this feel; it has a definite tone. Quiet and intense.

3. The details. The descriptions of weaponry and shooting technique, and the military masculine posturing--especially when it takes on an ugly note. It all blows me away. I'm almost sulky with envy struck dumb with admiration.

Sometimes You Get Toasters by giddygeek (John/Rodney) This is one of many stories that I read early on when I'd seen less of the show, and am revisiting. I'm even more blown away now. The dialogue in this is uncanny. Every line that a character delivers, I can hear the corresponding actor speaking on my mental TV. I keep re-reading bits to try and figure out how she does that, but haven't yet.

Retrograde by ltlj (Gen) I followed this as a WIP and it's kick-ass. Incredible plot--I can see this as a seasonal arc, four or five episodes long. I can *see it* see it, as if the story was taken from a pile of actual scripts sitting on a table in the SGA writers' room, in sight of David Hewlett passing by in the hall. It's good, good, kissably good storytelling.

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Read them all. I'm holding this kitten hostage until you do.